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Speeding up multiprocessor machines with reconfigurable optical interconnects
Author(s): W. Heirman; I. Artundo; L. Desmet; J. Dambre; C. Debaes; H. Thienpont; J. Van Campenhout
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Paper Abstract

Electrical interconnection networks connecting the different processors and memory modules in modern large-scale multiprocessor machines are running into several physical limitations. In shared-memory machines, where the network is part of the memory hierarchy, high network latencies cause a significant performance bottleneck. Parallel optical interconnection technologies can alleviate this bottleneck by providing fast and high-bandwidth links. Moreover, new devices like tunable lasers and detectors or MEMS mirror arrays allow us to reconfigure the network at runtime in a data transparent way. This allows for extra connections between distant node pairs that communicate intensely, achieving a high virtual network connectivity by providing only a limited number of physical links at each moment in time. In this paper, we propose a reconfigurable network architecture that can be built using available low cost components and identify the limitations these components impose on network performance. We show, through detailed simulation of benchmark executions, that the proposed network can provide a significant speedup for shared-memory machines, even with the described limitations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6124, Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits VIII, 61240K (3 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.644114
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W. Heirman, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
I. Artundo, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
L. Desmet, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
J. Dambre, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
C. Debaes, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
H. Thienpont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
J. Van Campenhout, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6124:
Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits VIII
Louay A. Eldada; El-Hang Lee, Editor(s)

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